There is no greater pain than losing a loved one, regardless of the reason he or she passed away. When your loved one died as the result of someone else’s negligent, reckless, or even intentional conduct, your pain is only compounded.

If your loved one died because another person or entity acted wrongfully, it is imperative to contact a New Jersey wrongful death lawyer.

Victims’ families often choose to pursue wrongful death actions for a few reasons. First, wrongful death claims can help you get the compensation needed to pay unexpected expenses related to your loved one’s untimely death. Second, a wrongful death case can help families hold those responsible accountable for their actions. To learn more or discuss your claim, consult with an injury attorney today.

Unexpected Expenses

A wrongful death can never be planned for. While no one wants to think about money during such a difficult time, for many families, financial concerns in the wake of a loved one’s sudden death are too pressing to ignore.

Families face the immediate need to pay funeral expenses and medical bills that may have accumulated after the victim was injured but before he or she passed away.

At the same time, families are struggling to get by without their loved one’s wages and family contributions. They may have to devote funds to childcare, home maintenance, and other services that the victim previously covered.

Family members may also have to take time away from work without pay to cope with the loss of their loved one and take care of all the related tasks that arise. If the loved one lived out of town, travel expenses can accumulate.

Your wrongful death attorney in New Jersey can speak with you about how a wrongful death claim award may be able to offset some of these costs.

Punitive Damages

No amount of money makes up for a loved one’s death. However, holding the responsible party accountable for their actions can provide families some measure of justice. Receiving compensation for the loss of the important relationship with your loved one can allow families to feel that they did all they could to obtain justice for their loved one.

In addition to the compensation for the unexpected financial losses associated with a wrongful death, damages in New Jersey for a wrongful death claim can compensate families for the loss of their relationship with their loved one, including the loss of his or her counsel and advice, guidance and support, the loss of companionship, and the mental and psychological trauma and pain and suffering that can occur as the result of such a sudden loss.

New Jersey  also allows families to seek punitive damages aimed at punishing the responsible party for their egregious conduct, though the state caps punitive damages at $350,000, or five times the amount of a compensatory damages verdict, whichever is larger, under the New Jersey Punitive Damages Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:15-5.9.

Consult An Injury Attorney

Our experienced New Jersey wrongful death lawyers handle all types of wrongful death claims, including those stemming from car accidents, slip and falls, construction accidents, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs and medical devices, product liability, drunk, distracted or drowsy driving, assault and domestic violence, and others.

Our New Jersey wrongful death lawyers will fight passionately to obtain justice for your loved one.